Changes At Scaled Composites

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Scaled Composites, based in Mojave, Calif., announced on Wednesday that Douglas Shane has been appointed president and will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations of the company. Company founder Burt Rutan is named chief technology officer and chairman emeritus. "I suggested this change to our organizational structure because I want to focus on developing our talented, innovative team and ensuring we continue to provide our customers the creative technical approaches that only Scaled offers," said Rutan. "I am successfully recovering from about eight months of significant heart health challenges, and with this move look forward to many more years of fun here at Scaled." Doug Shane was previously vice president.

He joined Scaled as a founding member in 1982 and since 1989 has been responsible for business development, contracts and proposals, as well as the company's flight-test operations.